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Tougher gun control laws won't result in fewer violent crimes

Is there no end of opportunities to challenge those who would restrict, curtail, register and eventually confiscate the guns of law-abiding citizens? ("In gun control, no easy fix for Baltimore's violence," Jan. 27.)

I would ask gun-control advocates whether they believe in and support the law. I'm certain the great majority of them would say yes. Then I would ask: Did you know that the so-called government gun buy-backs" are illegal — since they are illegal transmission of weapons, with one of the defendants being the government.

No background checks are conducted on the persons "transferring" possession of these firearms to the government; could there be felons among them? Isn't it required by the law that background checks be performed? Yet they are not.

There is much said about the "effectiveness" of the Brady Bill; it is extolled as a "success." Really? The anti-Second Amendment people say it has prevented thousands of felons from purchasing weapons. But how many of felons were actually prevented from purchasing a gun?

Finally, there is no such thing as "gun violence" — never was, never will be. Guns are machines, inanimate objects that are incapable of human emotion or thought. Violence is a "people thing," and the instrument may or may not be a gun. A more accurate term would be a "violent crime committed by a person using a gun."

Robert L. DiStefano

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
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